UPDATE 2000Hrs GMT – 3 horses died this year:
WAV Comment – 9/4/22 was the day in the UK of the annual ‘Grand National’ horse race. A race which always results in the death of some horses due to the conditions of the race – high jumps, a long course etc.
The Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. First run in 1839, it is a handicap steeplechase over an official distance of about 4 miles and 2½ furlongs (4 miles 514 yards (6.907 km)), with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps. It is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund of £1 million in 2017.
In 173 races since, a total of 84 horses have lost their lives during the world famous steeplechase, either by being killed outright or by being humanely euthanised after sustaining injury during the race.
I did not watch it yesterday; I don’t want to; as far as I am concerned it is putting beautiful horses lives at risk for the enjoyment of humans who want to make money.
Vegan activists told The Queens Arms not to show Grand National horse racing
Rights group PETA suggested popular Aintree pub show hobby horses instead
Since 2010, 29 horses have died from race-related causes at the Aintree Festival
Animal rights group PETA urged The Queens Arms near the famous Aintree racecourse to televise the barmy stick-based sport instead of the iconic horse race to be held on Saturday.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have branded the major horseracing event ‘cruel and antiquated’.
The Queens is popular with racegoers before the showpiece race every year.
An employee of the popular boozer told MailOnline they were ‘blindsided’ by the request but did not wish to comment further.
PETA Director Elisa Allen said: ‘You can make a compassionate statement by betting on willing, enthusiastic, human racers instead.
‘Pub-goers can still enjoy a drink and socialise with friends, knowing that their day of fun did not cause suffering or death for any other sentient beings.
‘No one would be raising a glass if cats or dogs were the ones being whipped and forced to jump dangerous obstacles.
‘Shattering their ankles, snapping their necks, and being shot in the head right on the track.
‘Horses deserve no less sympathy.’
Hobby horse racing – which sees enthusiasts act out horse racing, riding wooden sticks stuffed with toy horses – is immensely popular in parts of Europe, with a huge following in online communities.
In 2019, some 2,500 spectators flocked to Finland for the Finnish Hobbyhorse Championships, in which participants show-jumped, barrel-raced, and pranced in a dressage competition.